"The Avengers: Red Wings Initiative," Issue 5


Welcome to the fifth issue of The Avengers: Red Wings Initiative. Last week, we had Pavel Datsyuk‘s introduction as Black Widow, facing off against all the evil Russians in a closely combated illegal game taking place in the basement of the Verizon Center.

This week, Datsyuk returns to bring “The Big Guy” into the Avengers fold. He’s the quiet, slightly unassuming guy who seems to be incredibly dangerous on the penalty kill, get injured far too frequently, and has issues with finishing on breakaways…

Miss an issue? Get caught up:  Introduction  |  Issue 1  |  Issue 2  |  Issue 3  |  Issue 4

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Darren Helm has the same issue as Jimmy Howard–he never looks the same. That first panel, he looks like Nicolas Cage and the last panel, he looks like a surfer dude.

Thanks to Josh Howard for giving me the “thirty assist season” idea and also a rough sketch of what it would look like.

I mentioned this last week, but The Hulk was initially cast as Todd Bertuzzi until I realized it was too good of a fit and was actually really serious rather than hilarious (think bad past with particular incidents). I didn’t want to go down that path, so I recast with Helm.

The “Scene Missings” are actually from The Simpsons. And yes, they are supposed to be there, mostly because I couldn’t figure out a good way to draw Ovechkin jumping out a window after running through the city with Helm or come up with a reason why Helm would start yelling at Datsyuk so Datsyuk has to draw his gun on him. I also kept the background of the screencap with Natasha Romanoff pointing the gun at Bruce Banner. I was lazy. Also, Datsyuk’s expression in that panel gives me a Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower series vibe.

Next week, the introductions continue! Captain America makes his first appearance, and if you haven’t been hanging around my Twitter or didn’t during the playoffs, you definitely missed multiple sneak peeks. I’ll give you a hint: he’s more of a Captain Sweden than a Captain America…

If you have any ideas of things you might want to see in the upcoming issues, leave them in the comments below! I’m always open to suggestions.

Next Installment: Wednesday, June 25!

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